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DARPA is looking to build hacker-proof future with self-healing software

DARPA is looking to build hacker-proof future with self-healing software

Software so advanced that it's capable of self-healing in case of attacks from hackers, responding to attacks and even updating its code in real-time, without the assistance of humans. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), scientist wing of the Pentagon, is planning to make that happen and for this reason the agency has announced a new “Cyber Grand Challenge” competition with a $2 million prize. The aim of the competition is to build a “fully automated cyber defense system” that not only scans for and identifies vulnerabilities, but patches them on the fly. DARPA officials plan on holding qualifying events... more »
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Zenoss updates monitoring solution to address root cause of downtime

Monitoring is becoming increasingly important for organizations as they expand beyond the firewall to the cloud in pursuit of cost savings and enhanced management flexibility. But there’s a catch: the many benefits of the hybrid cloud add complexity, making it more difficult for IT organizations to identify and resolve technical issues. Zenoss is tackling this trade-off with Service Impact, a tool for mapping application and service dependencies across physical, virtual and cloud-based infrastructure. According to the company, the solution provides admins with a “holistic view of application and service health that speeds up root cause analysis and facilitates prioritization of repair.” Announced... more »
Salesforce’s Dreamforce: Upcoming mobile hackathon offers $1 million prize

Salesforce’s Dreamforce: Upcoming mobile hackathon offers $1 million prize

Salesforce.com is all set to kick start with $1 Million Hackathon. Scheduled for November 18-21 in San Francisco, with a target audience including developers, designers, and entrepreneurs, Dreamforce conference is showcasing a hackathon to inspire developers to build next generation mobile apps. To attract the talent, Salesforce.com has set the top winning prize at $1 million in cash, followed by five more alluring prize levels. The second-place finisher will receive $50,000, with $25,000 going to the third-place winner. Fourth and fifth place will get $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. Developers who want to participate only in Hackathon can participate into the event... more »
2014, the year of Big Data applications | #BigDataNYC 2013

2014, the year of Big Data applications | #BigDataNYC 2013

Bruno Aziza, Chief Marketing Officer with Alpine Data Labs, sat down with John Furrier and Dave Vellante at Big Data NYC 2013 to talk about Big Data-related issues and the surprising women in tech. One of their Ignite Talks is called "Why women make better data scientists". Alpine Data Labs focuses on advanced analytics on Hadoop and big data. Aziza believes that the advanced analytics market hasn't progressed that much over the last 30 years, and it's his company's goal to make those analytics available on the web, with enhancements such as drag and drop that allow performing "complex math using... more »
Corona SDK gets legendary designer and coder John Romero

Corona SDK gets legendary designer and coder John Romero

Corona Labs, the mobile SDK company that builds rich mobile apps, has announced that Doom and Quake designer John Romero has joined the company on its advisory board. Corona offers Lua-based Corona SDK to mobile developers to help them create games and apps for iOS, Android, Nook, and Kindle Fire. Romero will assume a role on the advisory board of Corona Labs and will direct Corona’s mobile business and guide the challenges facing game developers today. Romero came into fame having designed seminal FPS titles such as Doom and Quake and is considered one of the bigger names in the history... more »
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Pinterest's key acquisitions + partnerships in 2013

Pinterest has been a buzzworthy topic for nearly two years, cashing in on its popularity last week with a $225 million in a Series E round of funding led by Fidelity Investments, with the participation of current investors Andreessen Horowitz, FirstMark Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners and Valiant Capital Management. Now that its valuation has exceeded $3 billion, many are wondering what it is about Pinterest that's got investors so interested, and what the next steps are for the photo-pinning community.  While Pinterest has shared few details regarding its near-term pipeline, we do know the startup is looking to expand internationally, and grow... more »
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Cloud analytics takes center stage @ Big Data Week in NYC | #bigdataNYC

The next evolution of self-service analytics, cloud-based Hadoop is making a big splash at this week’s Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2013 summit in New York. Web hosting provider Rackspace was the first to jump on the bandwagon with a new service that lets users spin up and spin down Big Data clusters as needed. The offering, which is available under the Rackspace Data Service umbrella of on-demand data solutions, gives customers the option of running the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) on Rackspace’s OpenStack-powered public cloud. The main selling point is the ability to use pre-customized configurations that, according to the... more »
3 ways apps are learning to talk to each other

3 ways apps are learning to talk to each other

Today we have hundreds of software applications that we use to perform various tasks. These applications initially were PC-based, but with the growth of the mobile trend we saw these applications and more flood over to our smartphones and tablets. We have applications for social media, banking, note-taking, file hosting, web bookmarking, news aggregating, and other tasks. While these applications are very useful by making tasks and access to information easier most applications run in a “sandbox”, which means they run separately with very little sharing of data. This is a setup to ensure information security. The nuisance this causes relates... more »
The best of theCUBE: Ray Wang

The best of theCUBE: Ray Wang

SiliconANGLE and Wikibon have tracked the vendor ecosystem through changing market requirements and emerging technology trends, from the rise of social networking and mobility to cloud computing and Big Data. Constellation Research co-founder Ray Wang has followed us on this journey over the years, making regular appearances on theCUBE and sharing his insight into how big-name technology companies are keeping up with the fast-moving IT landscape. On market rivals   At Oracle OpenWorld 2011, Wang took a closer look at the database maker’s strategy and its rivalry with SAP. The BI vendor “did a great job talking about mobile,” he reflected. “Not much... more »
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Even when the government doesn’t work, Artists do: Why Better Mus’ Come stays current

The wake of the United States government shut-down, is just one instance reminding us that movies about government failings, past and present, remain “current.” Many filmmakers of political cinema have a bigger vision for their art than criticizing a broken system. These artists help audiences connect dots they didn't recognize before and show the first-hand consequences of political fall out in everyday life. Better Mus’ Come is what our family at Parallel Film Collective calls “local=global cinema.” When asked why a locally inspired and produced film resonates with so many internationally, Better Mus' Come director, Storm Saulter told Wax Poetics: “I... more »

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